“Homeland” wrapped up its fourth season with an episode that easily outstripped the quality of its disappointing first half or so. But by bringing Carrie back home this week for a quiet, character-focused finale, the show couldn’t quiet reach the tense, knife-edge highs it set this season.
Homeland is still good, so let’s stop talking about how surprising that is and get to this week’s episode, huh?
A lot happened this week, but the best avenue in may be this rather conspicuous observation: Quinn is the new Carrie. Or, rather, he’s assumed what used to be one of Carrie’s defining functions: the rogue agent. He’s out on his own now, working to track Haqqani down with no backup and against Carrie’s direct orders. That puts Carrie in Saul’s old role of the level-headed skeptic whose responsibility it is to reel in the passionate underling.